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How to Propose a Symposium at a National ACS Meeting

Programming at National meetings of the American Chemical Society rely on volunteers to organize and execute symposia on a wide range of topics. POLY is dedicated to supporting symposia organizers and ensuring a robust and impactful presence of polymer-related research at National ACS Meetings. When proposing a symposium, please take into consideration the theme of the National ACS meeting, and complementarity to symposia proposed for the meeting (see below), as well as recent symposia and POLY workshops.  POLY seeks to support the scientific diversity of research and applications in the field of polymers.

Submit proposed symposia through the form found here.

A printable copy of the questions that are required for symposium proposal submission can be downloaded here, however, proposals must be submitted through the online form system linked above.

Meeting Theme Lead Program Chair Deadline for Symposia Proposal
Fall 2019
San Diego, CA
Chemistry of Water

  • Water’s effect on land
  • Water’s effect on people
  • Water’s effect on chemistry
  • Environment issues
Prof. Thomas Epps, III
Univ. of Delaware
November 1, 2018
Spring 2020
Philadelphia, PA
Macromolecular Chemistry: The Second Century Dr. Hayley Brown
Dow Chemical
June 15, 2019
Fall 2020
San Francisco, CA
Chemistry from Bench to Market Dr. Brett Helms
Molecular Foundry

Symposia already proposed for upcoming meetings:

Spring 2020: Philadelphia, PA

  • Industrial Innovations in Polymer Science
  • 50 years of Polymer Science and Engineering at Southern Miss
  • The Role of ASTM International in Polymer Testing and Analysis
  • Polymer Colloids: Synthesis, Analysis, Modeling and Application
  • Structure to function in supramolecular polymers and materials
  • Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research
  • Green Polymer Chemistry: New Products, Processes, and Applications
  • Translational Polymer Research
  • 100 years of polymer structures: active materials for thin films and interfaces
  • From Staudinger Macromolecules to the Genome of Macromolecules
  • Industrial developments in polyolefin macromolecular design
  • The Road to Packaging Sustainability
  • Engineering functionality into bio(mimetic) polymers

Fall 2020: San Francisco, CA

Other Resources:

Guidelines for symposia organizers and chairs

Symposia Organizer and Session Chair Information

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